K&A is working on Energy
and Utilities project which is more than a solution to the client’s
pressing needs. It’s a bridge for K&A to reach Western African
countries through Sierra Leone. This project sees us bringing the
Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), the recently
formed national electricity distribution utility in Sierra Leone,
into the 21st century. Like many utilities on the continent, EDSA is
undergoing significant transformation so it can overcome di_culties
including high power losses, financial trouble, low collection and
electrification rates and deteriorated networks.
The devastation caused by the civil war (1991-2002) necessitated a
reform of the electricity sector in Sierra Leone. Everything rides
on the unlimited potential for the improvement and growth of EDSA’s
services. The implementation of a comprehensive business plan is key
to strengthening management and operational skills, building
effective practices and developing EDSA’s global performance into
the future. The plan also encompasses customer service improvement
and extensive investment plans for the rehabilitation and upgrade of
the electricity distribution network. This would give more people
throughout the country access to electricity, especially since now
only 10% of Sierra Leone’s population (of more than six million) has
access to electricity.
After winning the competitive international bidding process, we have
an interesting challenge ahead since we need to prepare EDSA for
privatization in the future. This means improving its sales value
and image, not only its performance. Our solid track record in the
Utility Distribution Management aptly prepares us for this though.
The top level political support and endorsement for the project,
stable security situation in Sierra Leone and sound working
relationships between the government and development partners will
also aid the success of this project.
The three-year project consists of having a Director General and
other four professionals from K&A’s side. They will focus on
creating a modern efficient organization structure, administering
the different directorates, carrying out the implementation of
critical Information Systems (from GIS, AMI, ERP, CMS, to Asset
Management, etc.), and establishing the National Distribution
Control Center, Customer Contact Center, Revenue Protection Program,
Financial and Procurement Management programs. They will also assist
in capacity building and knowledge transfer to the EDSA team.